We have been reaching out to notable communications professionals to ask them a few questions about their experiences and interests, with the goal of providing some insights to others in the industry. For the April edition of ‘Questions for the PR Industry’ we chatted with Krystal Covington, Director of PR at Natural Grocers and Founder and CEO of Women of Denver. Krystal is an expert in the art of influence, and personal branding. She has led the launch of multi-million dollar projects and worked directly with CEOs of small and large businesses. She is also a TEDx presenter, national speaker and trainer.
Did you know that PR is more than just media relations and parties? There are a lot of misconceptions and bad stereotypes about what exactly people in the PR industry do. This is because it is a constantly evolving profession. So, we rounded up some resources to help people gain a better understanding of our industry:
Pop culture is the root of a lot of misconceptions about the PR industry. We hear a lot of the following: “I want to plan parties like Samantha from Sex and the City.” Or “I want to gladiate my way through problems on a national scale like Olivia Pope & Associates.” Also, we can’t forget “I want to talk and ‘spin’ a situation so that I can push through controversial ideas – or public figures” (see Thank You for Smoking, Hancock, etc.).
There are actual seeds of truth in the above pop culture examples, but in all honesty PR work has more to it than parties, spin, and spin control. As the business world has evolved, so has the role of public relations and the PR practitioner. Though there is still a need for PRs who are media relations specialists, as it is a large part of the job, PR has evolved to tie in marketing and communications as well.
We have been reaching out to journalists and media professionals to chat with them about their experiences in the industry. For our latest ‘Questions for Journalists’ we had the opportunity to interview Prateek Jose, a technology journalist from India with bylines at Snapmunk and Gizmodo India. He also works as a marketing strategist at Wirality, a new media marketing agency.
Did you know that effective PR starts with a good PR strategy? That stunt that seemed so spontaneous probably took months of planning. That story in the latest issue of Avenue Calgary – it was pitched 7 months ago. Strategy is a huge component of the work we do, so we rounded up some of best articles we could find with advice on how to build a good one: